Community Learning for Autistic Adults

We offer courses for autistic adults to help them develop skills for social situations and everyday living and increase their confidence.

SocialEyes course

This free course for adults on the autism spectrum helps them to develop social skills and understanding.

SocialEyes was developed by the National Autistic Society in conjunction with people with autism and Asperger syndrome and leading professionals in the field.

SocialEyes does not ask people on the autism spectrum to change ‘inappropriate’ social behaviour or to acquire social skills by copying the ‘typical’ behaviour of others. Instead, it gives people the option of learning social interaction skills or alternative social strategies.

It focuses on eight social skills that people on the autism spectrum can have difficulty with, including starting and ending a conversation, body language and facial expressions, eye contact and personal space.

The course is made up of eight weekly workshops.

To take part in this course, participants must be registered with a GP surgery that is part of the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, which serves the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire council areas. Click here for a list of the relevant surgeries.

Click here to complete an online form to express an interest in taking part in this SocialEyes course. If you have any questions or want more information, call our family support team on 01189 594 594 (option 1) and leave a message including your daytime phone number.

A further course for young people aged 16 to 18 who live in the Berkshire West CCG area will take place during the autumn school term. Details will be made available at a later date, but please contact us if you would like to register an interest in taking part.

  • SocialEyes courses for autistic young people and adults aged 16 to 25 living in the Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire areas are funded by the Berkshire West NHS Clinical Commissioning Group.

Chop & Chat course

This course is made up of eight friendly weekly classes, focused around preparing and cooking a meal, getting advice and sharing ideas for problem-solving, and discussing key life skills, plus time to chat.

The aim is to develop life skills, boost self-esteem and confidence, and improve participants’ education, training and employment prospects.

Click here to complete our online form to register an interest in taking part in a Chop & Chat course. We will then get in touch for an informal discussion to make sure it is suitable for you or a member of your family.